France ends decade-long Operation Barkhane in Sahel region
11 November 2022 | 1:01 pm
The French president on Wednesday announced an end to the nearly decade-long Barkhane counter-terrorist mission in Africa. Operation Barkhane had not been operational since February after France announced its military withdrawal from Mali. The last French troops left their base in the Malian town of Gao on Aug.15.
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French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with newly appointed British Prime Minister Liz Truss on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, just a few weeks after Truss had raised eyebrows with comments about him.
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